Walks in the Lake District - The Windermere and Bowness Area

View of Lake Windermere
A walker relaxes to look over Lake Windermere from Latterbarrow

Windermere is forever identified with the romance of the Lake District. The lake is the most well known of all the districts lakes and it draws in visitors all year round. In Windermere and neighbouring Bowness there are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied even in times of inclement weather but perhaps less known are the wonderful range of walks which can be accessed locally. It was near Windermere that Alfred Wainwright, the famous fellwalker and writer of the Pictorial Guides to the Lake District discovered the Lake District when he viewed Lake Windermere from Orrest Head. It is simply and wonderful place with wonderful walks in the surrounding district, some of which can be found on this page.

Interactive map of Lake District walks

Walk Miles Description
Loughrigg Tarn 1.7 I think Loughrigg Tarn is in the best setting of all. See if you agree on this easy stroll.
Tarn Hows 2.6 A family friendly walk to the most visited Tarn in the Lake District, one of Victorian design.
Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge 3.4 Loughrigg Fell and Loughrigg Tarn are just two of the highlights of this short walk.
Elterwater Waterfalls Walk 4.8 Skelwith Force and Colwith Force star in this brilliant spectacular walk.
Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water 5.0 A walk with much variety. It begins with one of Wainwright's fells before a lakeside finish.
Hawkshead to Lake Windermere 5.5 A pleasant walk with breathtaking views over Windermere.
Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake 6.6 A fantastic scramble is the highlight of this popular Langdale walk.
Helvellyn from Wythburn 6.6 A walk with a tough start to great views worth looking forward to.
Greenburn and Helm Crag 6.9 A popular walk with some brilliant moments along the way.
The Langdale Pikes 8.2 One of the Lake Districts iconic walks with many outstanding moments.
Crinkle Crags Bowfell & Esk Pike 9.2 A walk over the Crinkle Crags, Bowfell & Esk Pike from Great Langdale .
Furness Fells and Tarn Hows 9.4 A walk with lots of interest including two fells, quarries, a cave and beautiful Tarn Hows.
The Coniston Fells 9.5 The Old Man of Coniston is just one highlight of this thrilling exploration.
Helvellyn from Legburnthwaite 9.8 Probably the most popular walk in the Lakes, but not the way we did it!
Bowfell & The Langdale Pikes 10.3 A spectacular walk linking Bowfell to the fabulous Langdale Pikes.
Fairfield and Great Rigg 10.4 Breathtaking views can be found on the high ridges of this walk.
The Kentmere Horseshoe 12.3 A brilliant eastern Lake District walk with seven of Alfred Wainwright's Fells on the route.
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